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My system ideas, take a look.

So I started planning out my system tonight. I already have 4 Pioneer 6x8 3ways that I like a lot and I'm going to keep those but heres what else I have in mind. So here we go:

Alpine IDA-X001

Kicker CompVR 07CVR-12" 12:

Alpine MRP-M850

Profile AP1040

the last one is just to run my speakers now to give a little more sound out of them. Its 80watts by 4 channels, so is that 80 for each channel or 20 for each channel. Also what size capacitor do I need, do I need a crossover? Is a equalizer worth the money?

This is the wiring kit I would be getting for the amp, this is a good one right?
Streetwires Kit

And then this for the sub wiring, I would redo all the speaker wiring with this also. Is 12-gauge wire over kill for the sub or would 14 be just fine?
Streetwires 12-gauge wire

Then I'm going to run a Optima Yellow Top and then if it needs to be done, upgrade the alternator.

So basically the main things I want to know is :
1) What size capicator should I run?
2) Should I get a crossover?
3) Should I get a equalizer?
4) Is that 12-gauge wiring overkill or is that what I should run?5
5) Is that a good quality amp wiring kit?
6) Should I run a sealed or ported box?

Thanks for reading all of this and helping out, if you have any other questions for like clarification or just any suggestions everything is welcome. Thanks guys!

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Nobody has anything?
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1. don't really need one
2.not needed
3.not needed
4.12g. should be fine
5.that is a nice wiring kit but a little over priced. I would look around for a cheaper kit.
6.it all depends on what kind of music you listen to.

and for the 4 channel amp that is 80 watts for each channel.
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You would only need a capacitor if you do not upgrade your Alternator. I imagine that you know what a capacitor actually does, but just in case... A capacitor stores of a big collection of the electrons that are flowing from the Amplifier for when the bass hits. Otherwise the sub would suck more power than the amplifier alone can draw and it pulls it from the alternator causing your other electronics to dim.

You really don't need an equalizer unless you have really really high dollar equipment and perfect acoustically tuned cab, not to mention a superb ear for sound quality. I would say don't waste the money.

I am running either a 12 or 10G wire to my sub so yeah you are fine with that.

I agree that the wiring kit is too spensive. check out www.Sounddomain.com as well. they have great customer service and quick shipping, and more than fair prices!

Start with a sealed box, it's easier to build and takes up less space, and is better for all types of music, where as ported is better for just hearing unnecessary bass hits.

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So basically the main things I want to know is :
1) What size capicator should I run?
2) Should I get a crossover?
3) Should I get a equalizer?
4) Is that 12-gauge wiring overkill or is that what I should run?5
5) Is that a good quality amp wiring kit?
6) Should I run a sealed or ported box?
1. You should upgrade your alternator, a capicator is a band aid fix
2. not needed because the stereo has one built into it
3. see above answer
4. 12 gauge wire is fine
5. If i were you, I would build my amp kit. Buy the wire by the foot you need, buy the fuse holder you need, and then buy a fuse distribution block. You should get good wire ends if you want them to last/sound & look good. You do that cheaper than buying a kit like that and have better quality stuff. Just make sure you get a fuse that is large enough to handle both amps, yet is not over sized (take the fuses that are in the amps and add them together, then get that size fuse for the power wire). If you want, I can build you a wiring kit via links.
6. For the sake of not having a lot of space in a Ranger, I would run a sealed box. But like Chad said, it also depends on the music you listen too.

Also, i would recommend looking at www.cardomain.com/shop for all your audio needs. They are awsome and a lot cheaper than Crutchfield. Not to mention that they have more/better selection that Crutchfield.
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oh by the way, you know that head unit only play Radio and and USB Ipod right. there is no CD slot. these days, that doesn't bother most people, but just in case
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Yeah I knew that about the CD player, but you can attach a 6CD changer if I ever feel like I miss my CDs(i wont). I wont be buying from Crutchfield, they are insanely over priced I found the stuff on eBay for super cheap but i'll check Car Domain too. I just used Crutchfield cause they had reviews and detailed features. I'll look into assembling my own wiring kit Maurice, that did seemed overpriced but i'd rather pay the money now then have my amp die on me. But if I can assemble a kit just as good for cheap i have no problem with that haha. Well thanks for the help guys, I just need to start gathering the stuff. I'm going to soundproof the cab also when I do the install so it should sound great!
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also, depening on the amps you draw and the length of wire you run, you need to size the wire properly for the amps. I would suggest running 4 gauge wire to a distribution block within a couple feet of both amps, the 8 gauge to the amps....

if you size the wire properly and use the proper fuses, then you wont have a problem with your amps....
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Awesome, sounds good thanks!
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This battery terminal x2: (one for + and one for -)
http://www.cardomain.com/item/STISPT83102


This fuse holder: (with the proper size fuse)
http://www.cardomain.com/item/STISFH1MDPT


This 4 gauge + wire: (to fuse and then to distribution block by amps)(bought by the foot)
http://www.cardomain.com/item/STISHPM41


This 8 gauge + wire: (from distribution block to amps)(should need about 3' per amp)
http://www.cardomain.com/item/STISHPM82


This 8 gauge - wire: (from amps to a mounting bolt on the frame)(probably about 6' per amp)
http://www.cardomain.com/item/STISX82B


This ground lug: (can put both 8 gauge grounds in it)
http://www.cardomain.com/item/STISGT4N


These RCA cables for the 4 channel amp:(don't want to go cheap here)
http://www.cardomain.com/item/STRZN5435


These RCA cables for the single channel amp: (again don't want cheap stuff)
http://www.cardomain.com/item/STRZN5235



you want to put some money into your amp install kits......doesn't matter how fancy/good your amps are, if your wiring isn't good quality material, you will not get the optium sound from the amps....
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